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QMUL research teaches machines to decipher birdsong article News story: QMUL research teaches machines to decipher birdsong
21 March 2017

Innovative research looking at the timing and sequence of bird calls could provide new insight into the social interaction that goes on between birds.

Ghosts of past diseases shape species evolution article News story: Ghosts of past diseases shape species evolution
21 March 2017

A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) has revealed that diseases can not only affect fish evolution, but also the aquatic environments in which fish live.

Colin Bailey appointed President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London article News story: Colin Bailey appointed President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London
20 March 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has appointed a new President and Principal.

Ukip failed to lure Conservative party member voters in 2015, according to new research article News story: Ukip failed to lure Conservative party member voters in 2015, according to new research
20 March 2017

Just five per cent of Conservative Party members voted for Ukip in 2015, according to research published by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Sussex.

New technology enables detailed analysis of target proteins article News story: New technology enables detailed analysis of target proteins
20 March 2017

A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of University (QMUL), Francis Crick Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt and University of Tübingen in Germany have developed a novel technology to understand how an important protein connects to other cellular proteins. 

Dr Hetta Howes named as BBC ‘broadcaster of the future’ article News story: Dr Hetta Howes named as BBC ‘broadcaster of the future’
17 March 2017

Dr Hetta Howes from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been selected as a BBC New Generation Thinker – a mentorship scheme for ‘broadcasters of the future’.

Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity article News story: Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity
15 March 2017

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are bringing us closer to understanding the musical experience through a novel approach to analysing a common musical effect known as vibrato.

QMUL spin-out’s role recognised in award for innovative CCTV solution article News story: QMUL spin-out’s role recognised in award for innovative CCTV solution
15 March 2017

A revolutionary solution to reviewing CCTV footage, developed using software from a QMUL spin-out, has won a major security innovation award.

Mexican solar steam project wins funding article News story: Mexican solar steam project wins funding
14 March 2017

A revolutionary solar thermal technology is to be tested in Mexico, thanks to funding secured by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and industry partner Larkfleet Ltd. 

QMUL research shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2017 article News story: QMUL research shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2017
10 March 2017

A research paper by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) announcing the discovery of the nearest potentially habitable planet to the Solar System has been shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2017.

Gaming conference to explore the impact of virtual reality on law and society        article News story: Gaming conference to explore the impact of virtual reality on law and society
10 March 2017

How do our brains behave in a virtual reality (VR) environment and what are the limits of believability? Can we fully understand the impact of literally putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes?

Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars article News story: Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars
8 March 2017

An astronomer from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is part of a team that have discovered new insights into the birth and death of the very first stars in the Universe.

Drama at QMUL joins English, History, and Law in global top 50 article News story: Drama at QMUL joins English, History, and Law in global top 50
8 March 2017

Drama at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is now ranked 30th in the world, according to a prestigious survey of 4,438 universities. The seventh edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject found that four subject areas at QMUL are now placed among the top 50 – Drama, English, History, and Law.

New protein discovered in ageing and cancer article News story: New protein discovered in ageing and cancer
7 March 2017

A protein has been found to have a previously unknown role in the ageing of cells, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The researchers hope that the findings could one day lead to new treatments for ageing and early cancer.

Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research article News story: Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research
6 March 2017

A researcher from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been announced as one of the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.

The Victorians are to blame for assumptions that self-harm is just attention-seeking blog Blog: The Victorians are to blame for assumptions that self-harm is just attention-seeking
6 March 2017

Dr Sarah Chaney, researcher at QMUL's School of History, writes for The Conversation about our attitudes to self-harm and where they come from. 

QMUL international scholars celebrated in prestigious event article News story: QMUL international scholars celebrated in prestigious event
5 March 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) honoured the achievements of its international scholars at a reception that brought together students, embassy officials and scholarship body representatives from across the globe.

Negative coverage of the EU in UK newspapers nearly doubled over the last 40 years, study finds article News story: Negative coverage of the EU in UK newspapers nearly doubled over the last 40 years, study finds
3 March 2017

A study co-authored by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has revealed that negative coverage of the European Union in UK newspapers increased from 24 per cent to 45 per cent between 1974 and 2013.

Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology article News story: Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology
3 March 2017

A new £3m grant from Wellcome Trust to a consortium involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will help to set up a new facility for cryo-electron microscopy – a technology that is revolutionising biology.

Viceroy’s House is very watchable – but its account of Indian independence is limited blog Blog: Viceroy’s House is very watchable – but its account of Indian independence is limited
3 March 2017

Dr Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram, Lecturer in World Cinema, Queen Mary University of London, reviews Gurinder Chadha’s latest film: Viceroy’s House.

Awesome, erotic, everyday: the literary story of electricity blog Blog: Awesome, erotic, everyday: the literary story of electricity
2 March 2017

Sam Halliday, Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature at QMUL's School of English and Drama writes about a new exhibition at the Wellcome Library: Electricity, The spark of life.

Highly effective cervical cancer screening for low income countries article News story: Highly effective cervical cancer screening for low income countries
1 March 2017

Taking a small sample of cells from women at high-risk of cervical cancer could be a cost-effective and accurate strategy for early diagnosis in low and middle income countries, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

First direct measurements of Pacific seabed sediments reveal strong methane source article News story: First direct measurements of Pacific seabed sediments reveal strong methane source
28 February 2017

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered a major source of an important greenhouse gas in the Tropical Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Searching for Corbynism: why no one’s quite sure what Labour stands for blog Blog: Searching for Corbynism: why no one’s quite sure what Labour stands for
24 February 2017

Karl Pike, PhD candidate and Teaching Associate at QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations writes for The Conversation about what Corbyn's Labour stands for. 

Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning article News story: Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning
23 February 2017

Bumblebees can be trained to score goals using a mini-ball, revealing unprecedented learning abilities, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

New exhibition sheds light on Renaissance Lisbon article News story: New exhibition sheds light on Renaissance Lisbon
22 February 2017

A new exhibition in Portugal’s foremost national museum the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga offers a new interpretation of Renaissance Lisbon, thanks to research by a Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) historian.

Scientists explore the evolution of a ‘social supergene’ in the red fire ant article News story: Scientists explore the evolution of a ‘social supergene’ in the red fire ant
21 February 2017

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event rather than over time.

Researcher uncovers the history of self-harm in Britain article News story: Researcher uncovers the history of self-harm in Britain
20 February 2017

A new book by Dr Sarah Chaney from Queen Mary University of London charts the delicate and often misunderstood history of self-harm in Britain.

QMUL partners with BBC for degree apprenticeships article News story: QMUL partners with BBC for degree apprenticeships
17 February 2017

BBC joins the expanding number of organisations choosing to partner with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to provide degree apprenticeships, a national flagship scheme launched by the UK government that offers the opportunity of studying for a degree while training on the job.

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study article News story: Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study
16 February 2017

A study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) finds that vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu.

Goats can identify the calls of their goat friends article News story: Goats can identify the calls of their goat friends
15 February 2017

A new study led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found that goats can recognise their stablemate friends calling by developing a mental image of how they sound and look.        

QMUL receives £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund article News story: QMUL receives £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund
15 February 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received a £2,500 charitable gift from The Patron’s Fund for a new teaching and learning initiative.

An autism ‘revolution’ in the history of child development article News story: An autism ‘revolution’ in the history of child development
15 February 2017

What is autism and how did we come to understand it as a spectrum? A new book by QMUL researcher Dr Bonnie Evans uncovers the social history of autism, how it has come to define so many lives, and why its meaning was transformed in modern Britain.

Better health for women involved in clinical trials article News story: Better health for women involved in clinical trials
14 February 2017

Women who participate in obstetric and gynaecology clinical trials experience improved health outcomes compared to those who are not involved in trials, according to research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This is the case regardless of whether or not the treatment is found to be effective in the trial.

QMUL to co-host social enterprise festival article News story: QMUL to co-host social enterprise festival
13 February 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and City, University of London are set to co-host a week-long social enterprise festival dedicated to promoting social enterprise and supporting entrepreneurs in delivering social impact through business.

Obesity leads to harmful activation of the immune system article News story: Obesity leads to harmful activation of the immune system
10 February 2017

Researchers find link between a high fat diet, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk.

Researchers piece together a portrait of the real Mr Darcy article News story: Researchers piece together a portrait of the real Mr Darcy
10 February 2017

A new, historically accurate portrait of the most admired and revered romantic leading man in literary history, Fitzwilliam Darcy, has been unveiled for the first time, following new research co-led by QMUL's Professor Amanda Vickery

£2.4 million awarded for international trial on major traumatic bleeding article News story: £2.4 million awarded for international trial on major traumatic bleeding
9 February 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and NHS Blood & Transplant have been awarded £2.4m from the National Institute for Health Research and Barts Charity to carry out a large multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate a new treatment in major traumatic haemorrhage.

Winners announced at QMUL’s Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017 article News story: Winners announced at QMUL’s Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017
8 February 2017

After all their inspiring work the winners of QMUL’s Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017 were announced at a ceremony held in The Octagon last night.

Vietnam workshop discusses traditional medicine and skin research article News story: Vietnam workshop discusses traditional medicine and skin research
7 February 2017

A researcher at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has co-organised a workshop that focuses on herbal medicine in Vietnam and its application in translational research on skin.  

‘Connected Seeds’ exhibition opens article News story: ‘Connected Seeds’ exhibition opens
6 February 2017

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have created an interactive library of talking seeds, which gives users a potted history of the plants grown in the east end of London, and tells the stories of the people who grow them.        

QMUL alumnus makes ‘Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology’ list  article News story: QMUL alumnus makes ‘Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology’ list
6 February 2017

A QMUL alumnus has made the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list for the Technology category 2017.

New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people article News story: New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people
2 February 2017

Over 80 new genetic variants that strongly influence human height have been discovered in a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Montreal Heart Institute, The Broad Institute and the University of Exeter.

Leaver MPs united but Remainers are split, survey reveals article News story: Leaver MPs united but Remainers are split, survey reveals
1 February 2017

There are significant differences between Leave and Remain MPs in what they want out of Brexit negotiations, according to polling conducted for The Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London and The UK in a Changing Europe.

QMUL Virtual Lab project wins prestigious higher education award article News story: QMUL Virtual Lab project wins prestigious higher education award
31 January 2017

A virtual learning platform from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has won at the Reimagine Education Awards 2016.  

The man who invented popular science used a 17th-century version of clickbait blog Blog: The man who invented popular science used a 17th-century version of clickbait
31 January 2017

Harriet Phillips, Research Associate at QMUL's School of English and Drama, writes for The Conversation about the fascinating legacy of 17th century polymath Thomas Browne. 

Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension article News story: Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension
30 January 2017

Scientists have found 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments.

Hacksaw Ridge promised to champion pacifism – but the film is sadly just jingoistic blog Blog: Hacksaw Ridge promised to champion pacifism – but the film is sadly just jingoistic
30 January 2017

Dr Guy Westwell, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at QMUL reviews Hacksaw Ridge for The Conversation

QMUL marks 2017 Chinese New Year with cultural festival article News story: QMUL marks 2017 Chinese New Year with cultural festival
27 January 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is welcoming the Chinese Year of the Rooster with an exciting array of cultural activities.  

Germans were ready to offer Theresa May a deal on freedom of movement, says Nick Clegg article News story: Germans were ready to offer Theresa May a deal on freedom of movement, says Nick Clegg
27 January 2017

Angela Merkel was ready to offer Theresa May a post-referendum deal on freedom of movement in exchange for a UK commitment to the single market, said Nick Clegg at the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London.

UK Supreme Court’s Brexit Ruling: Parliamentarisation or business as usual? blog Blog: UK Supreme Court’s Brexit Ruling: Parliamentarisation or business as usual?
25 January 2017

Davor Jancic, Lecturer at QMUL's School of Law writes about yesterday's Supreme Court judgement on Article 50.

MPs must respect the referendum result – even if it leads to hard Brexit, says Yvette Cooper article News story: MPs must respect the referendum result – even if it leads to hard Brexit, says Yvette Cooper
20 January 2017

Labour MPs should respect the result of the EU referendum even if the outcome is a hard Brexit, according to Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford. She was speaking at the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Death and rebirth: reading between the lines of Trump’s inauguration speech blog Blog: Death and rebirth: reading between the lines of Trump’s inauguration speech
20 January 2017

Andrew Hines, PhD candidate at QMUL's School of Languages, Linguistics and Film writes for The Conversation about President Trump's inauguration speech. 

Space sounds inspire short film competition article News story: Space sounds inspire short film competition
19 January 2017

Filmmakers will have the chance to use real-life sound recorded from space in a new competition launched by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

So you’re looking to run a Research in Schools project? blog Blog: So you’re looking to run a Research in Schools project?
19 January 2017

Dr Martin Archer from the School of Physics and Astronomy writes about his work taking the latest research into schools and how his findings can help science researchers and teachers interested in doing something similar.

QMUL and BH announce major new initiative in the Life Sciences article News story: QMUL and BH announce major new initiative in the Life Sciences
17 January 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust (BH) announce plans for a major new centre for Life Sciences in Whitechapel, home to the Royal London Hospital and a campus of QMUL’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.  

Left wingers twice as likely to punish companies for tax avoidance, study finds article News story: Left wingers twice as likely to punish companies for tax avoidance, study finds
16 January 2017

Left wingers are twice as likely to punish companies which aggressively avoid tax, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Major grant awarded to resolve debate on treatment after major surgery article News story: Major grant awarded to resolve debate on treatment after major surgery
13 January 2017

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded $1.5m (£1.2m) by Edwards Lifesciences to carry out a study into a debated therapy for preventing complications, especially infections, after major surgery.

Researchers reveal that not all violent acts are equal article News story: Researchers reveal that not all violent acts are equal
12 January 2017

People from different nationalities make similar judgements and decisions about the severity of different violent acts – a finding that could help international organisations, such as the UN and World Health Organisation to better manage crime and violent behaviour – according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

University of London and QMUL launch new Global MBA article News story: University of London and QMUL launch new Global MBA
11 January 2017

A new Global MBA, developed around an extensive range of specialisms in law, finance, entrepreneurship & innovation, accountancy and leadership, has been launched by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of London.

Teaching the importance of communication between doctor and patient blog Blog: Teaching the importance of communication between doctor and patient
9 January 2017

In this blog post, Jo Brown, Head of Quality in Teaching and Learning at QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, talks about her recent experience of teaching Romanian oncologists about successful communication between doctor and patient.

QMUL students win European virtual reality tech clash article News story: QMUL students win European virtual reality tech clash
6 January 2017

A group of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) students won a Europe-wide tech clash with their idea to create a collaborative virtual reality platform for education.

Space diary fires up primary school children's imagination Space diary fires up primary school children's imagination
6 January 2017

Thousands of schoolchildren will have the chance to become space experts as they learn about British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake’s historic space mission by taking part in a pioneering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) literacy project called Space Diary.

App to help smokers quit is developed by health psychologists and game designers article News story: App to help smokers quit is developed by health psychologists and game designers
4 January 2017

A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to New Year’s resolutions to quit has been developed by academics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Kingston University.

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